“The Korea Football Association is not an organization that shakes just because one person goes out and comes in. There are a lot of good members and talents. I am not worried.”
South Korea is a strong candidate to win the Asian Cup. Four teams will compete, including Japan, Australia and Iran. The luck of the match should be good after passing the group stage. There may be a few hurdles in the tournament, but if it goes well, Korea will definitely win. The best squad ever.”
Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games advance to the round of 16, which was miraculous at the Qatar World Cup. It was a result of passion and sweat from members on the field, but soccer fans remember the existence of Kim Pan-gon, vice chairman of the Korea Football Association, and the chairman of the national team’s selection committee.
In particular, when Paulo Bento was given the baton of the national team, he openly confessed the clear process and the reason why he had to bring Bento in, quelling the question mark public opinion. Four years later, former Vice Chairman Kim Pan-gon’s choice was right and achieved a great achievement in passing the World Cup group stage in 12 years since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Former Vice Chairman Kim Pan-gon left the association in January 2022. Since then, he has been taking charge of the Malaysian national team and is pioneering a new path. Like a joke of fate, they competed with South Korea to advance to the tournament in Group E of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar, and they decided to meet with former Vice Chairman Kim Pan-gon in Malaysia, which was very hot and humid, to listen to Korean soccer and association one step away.
After the success of the Qatar World Cup, Korean soccer reeled once again. The “process” in which former Vice Chairman Kim Pan-gon and Bento were strengthened over the past four years has disappeared. Jurgen Klinsmann did not have a quick answer in the process of appointing coach, and the tactical direction was ambiguous. The controversy at home, which erupted here, was enough to fuel public opinion.
However, current Malaysian coach Kim Pan-gon was not too worried. In a meeting with “Spot TV News,” he said, “There are many good members of the association. You’ll do well. It is not an organization that is shaken by one person leaving or one person coming in. You will know better than anyone else about communication and transparency that fans want. Everything is a skill, but I think I’ll get through it well. He is supporting the national team well, and the association is not easy. I’m not worried,” he said.
As someone who once worked for the association, he asked for fans’ support and support. While talking about a showdown with South Korea at the Asian Cup, he said, “The association staff is good. Klinsmann is giving full authority to coach and coaching staff. Not because I’ve worked here, but I don’t think there are many associations like this.”
As mentioned earlier, manager Kim Pan-gon’s Malaysia will meet South Korea in Group E. When asked about a match against South Korea at the Asian Cup, he waved his hand, saying, “We will be the opponent.”
“Korea is a strong candidate to win the Asian Cup. Four teams will compete, including Japan, Australia and Iran. The luck of the match should be good after passing the group stage. There may be a few hurdles in the tournament, but if it goes well, Korea will definitely win. “The best member of all time,” he said, raising his thumb.
There is no denying that South Korea is a favorite to win, but anything happens on the ground. Coach Kim Pan-gon is trying to make a splash in Group E.
The Asian Cup schedule is all out. The whole thing including the accommodation is ready. The analysis of Section E continues. The same goes for Korea. He led the Malaysian team to achieve his primary goal of advancing to the Asian Cup finals. Now it’s a festival. We can check where we are and where we need to go by playing against a strong team in the Asian Cup. If you get better results, why don’t you draw a big picture. I am preparing for the Asian Cup calmly without any pressure.”
Coach Kim Pan-gon was transplanting the “leading soccer” he wore to coach Bento and the Korean national team four years ago to the Malaysian national team. It was a remarkable achievement that he had only five losses in 17 games from March 2022 to the present. We decided to hear more about how coach Kim Pan-gon is assembling the Malaysian national team and what his future goals are. 스포츠토토